Ashley has been with Aurecon for over 16 years, and has worked in a number of different levels of management within the Energy sector. He has also worked in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.
Proudest moment in your career?
The sense of achievement and “making a difference” at a country level by leading the procurement for Aurecon on behalf of the Government of Botswana, for a power project which will meet more than half the country’s needs for the next 30 years.
What are the keys to successful project delivery?
Planning and people are traditional responses, but increasingly the role of technology is critical. More so the ability to integrate technologies across diversified fields of practice is increasingly important to be at the forefront of disruption in our various industries.
The most important lesson you learnt early in your career?
The true experts in this industry are the ones that have previously made mistakes, this consequently has enabled them to learn and develop their skills. As one moves through their career, the ability to quickly move through the “mistake-learn” cycle becomes increasingly important.
Where do you see power generation over the next five years?
I see conventional thermal technologies stagnating and beginning to decline in global capacity. Renewable power generation and technologies on an exponential development and price curve, such as those which integrate with energy storage, will revolutionise our wider energy sector at residential and commercial levels. The will (already) disrupt the conventional energy value chain of fuel-generation-transmission-distribution.
Seeing the step-change benefit gained in emerging countries and communities when essential infrastructure, such as energy, is delivered for the first time.